Sermons on Pride
Esther 5-7 What are we willing to give up for our pride? Haman lived his life for himself. The king lived impulsively. Esther lived courageously and sacrificially for others. Mordecai lived for the promise of God. How then will you live? Will you live sacrificially, courageously, impulsively, selfishly, or will you live for God’s promise?
King Ahasuerus rewarded people for the wrong reasons. Mordecai used his belief system to resist allegiance. Haman revealed his character and pride in his resolve. King Ahasuerus remains impulsive and ignorant. We discover the importance of the book of Esther. Theological Lessons: God’s promise to Abraham was about to be in jeopardy. Satan was told he would bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring. God first, country second. Practical Lessons: Surround yourself with people of Godly character. Don’t let pride cause…
Esther 1 Sermon Big Idea: Pride and ignorance are not lost on the rich and powerful Ahasuerus wanted to display his power (v. 1-4) Ahasuerus wanted to buy loyalty (v. 5-9) Ahasuerus wanted to feed his pride (v. 10-11) Ahasuerus wanted to order honor (v. 12-22) Journeying with Jesus starts with your own royal rescue. And that means undoing the one thing that can be undone.
Despite God’s warnings, Judah rejected God. (2 Chronicles 36:15-16) Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s belief, God used him to punish Judah. (2 Kings 25:1-2) Despite Daniel’s warning, Nebuchadnezzar fell victim to his pride. (Daniel 4:27;29-33) Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s punishment, he lifted his eyes to Heaven and his reason returned to him. (Daniel 4:34-35) If Judah would have looked to God alone, their reason would return, and they too would have recognized He is the only true God. Daniel 4:1-3
King Saul: The People’s King Donkeys & Dice The People’s Request – 1 Samuel 8:4-9 The Donkey Wrangler – 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Toss the Dice! – 1 Samuel 10:20-24 Sacrifices & Survivors Seven day wait – 1 Samuel 10:8; 1 Samuel 13:5-14 Sounds of Survivors – 1 Samuel 15:2-26 Consequences & Consultations Tormented by an Evil Spirit – 1 Samuel 16:14-22 Consulting a Medium – 1 Samuel 28:3-25